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Discover Dubai’s ultimate luxury experiences

Savour the best of Dubai with these over-the-top adventures
If you want luxury experiences, Dubai is the city that can make it happen. From personalised shoes and supercar tours to VIP desert adventures and Arabian Gulf yacht outings, Dubai offers plenty to keep discerning travellers happy. Here are some of our favourite ways to live it up while you’re in town. Please be advised: these adventures are subject to bragging rights.
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Desert luxury

Platinum Heritage

Desert luxury

Platinum Heritage

For a once-in-a-lifetime desert excursion

Experience the desert like never before with the Platinum Luxury Desert Safari offered by one of Dubai’s leading safari adventure companies, Platinum Heritage. In a league of its own, this premium safari takes you to the most serene locales, where you’re surrounded by shimmering dunes and exotic wildlife. Relax under the stars in a royal desert retreat, roll down the dunes and explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a luxurious Range Rover. Dine on a delicious 6-course meal by the fire, enjoy the exclusive entertainment and luxuriate in an unrivalled atmosphere.
Contact Details
  Office 123, 3rd Floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 388 4044

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VIP shopping

The Dubai Mall

VIP shopping

The Dubai Mall

For an indulgent shopping spree

Join the ultimate “preferred customer” clique, offered only to The Dubai Mall’s most privileged clients. To be added to the exclusive list, shoppers need to spend upwards of AED100,000 per month within the mall to gain and retain their membership. Perks include access to the exclusive mall lounge, valet parking, a porter service, invitations to special events and previews, and the opportunity to be transported around the mall in a golf buggy. While you’re there, make sure to visit Level Shoes, an entire district where you can indulge your ultimate shopping fetish. There is even an in-house cobbler offering a formal shoe customisation service for men, plus a range of classic slippers that can be designed by hand to suit the wearer’s whims.
Contact Details
  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 362 7500

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Lavish cruises

Arabian Gulf

Lavish cruises

Arabian Gulf

For a luxurious time on the water

One of the expat community's favourite weekend activities (after brunch, of course) is cruising the Gulf by boat. Take it to the next level by booking a luxury yacht for a personalised tour around the city shoreline. Xclusive Yachts offers a full crew and an open itinerary tailored to guests’ specifications. Have a luxury day relaxing in the sun and an unbeatable view of Dubai’s skyline from off the coast. Or, have a dinner cruise at sunset to see the city light up after dark.
Contact Details
  Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina
  +971 4 432 7233

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Personal helicopters

In the clouds

Personal helicopters

In the clouds

For arriving in ultimate luxury

In a rush or can’t be bothered travelling by road? There’s good reason why Dubai's five-star hotels come with their own helipads. If you prefer to arrive by helicopter, hotels such as the Burj Al Arab offer a service for guests wanting to spend a few days indulging their most luxurious fantasies or those who simply want to pop in for high tea. Just book through their concierge for your sky-high travel arrangements. Otherwise, book a ride through HeliDubai – their VIP service is at your beck and call for transfers to hotels, golf courses or even the mall.
Contact Details
  Jumeirah Road
  +971 4 301 7777

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Sport of Kings

Polo Club

Sport of Kings

Polo Club

For a touch of royalty

Known as the Sport of Kings, polo is a popular pastime in Dubai, where Arabia’s equestrian roots are still prevalent among royals and the like. Top among the polo events is the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Matches hosted at Desert Palm Resort top the polo season’s social calendar between October and April, with well-heeled guests soaking up the sun and the company. High-profile players are fixtures in the international tournaments, like the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry as a previous participant.
Contact Details
  Al Awir Road, Warsan 2
  +971 4 323 8888

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Dolphin encounters

Atlantis, The Palm

Dolphin encounters

Atlantis, The Palm

For a day with the sea’s friendliest creatures

Not only does Atlantis, The Palm provide breathtaking views of Dubai’s impressive Palm Jumeirah, the Arabian Gulf and the iconic structure of the resort itself, but a visit to this world-class resort will even result in new friends. Animal lovers can rejoice at Dolphin Bay, where guests are invited to experience a one-on-one private encounter with the ocean’s friendliest mammal. By special request, guests can swim with a pod of dolphins before heading indoors to meet the waterpark’s resident sea lions for a truly special day out.
Contact Details
  Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Rd - Dubai
  +971 4 426 1030

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Ride in style

Your dream car

Ride in style

Your dream car

For turning heads

In a city where even the police force patrols in Lamborghinis, performance vehicles are a must-have accessory for the city’s socialites. Fit in by renting a supercar from a supplier such as VIP Luxury, which features Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and more. Watch the highrises whiz by in your rearview as you take an iconic drive down Dubai’s famous Sheikh Zayed Road, or cruise along Jumeirah Beach Residence and Downtown Dubai to see and be seen.
Contact Details
  Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  +971 56 505 5216

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World’s richest race

Dubai World Cup

World’s richest race

Dubai World Cup

For equestrian elegance

With a prize purse of US$1 million (AED3,673,000), the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse attracts the world’s top horses, riders, trainers and enthusiasts in March each year. Take part in the action by booking a place in a pavilion tent to enjoy A-list-style treatment as you mingle with the city’s social movers and shakers. Of course, the race is as much about the fashion as it is about the horses, so dress to impress – don’t forget to top your look off with a unique hat or fascinator.
Contact Details
  Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba - Dubai
  +971 4 327 0000

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Tea time with a twist

Zabeel Saray

Tea time with a twist

Zabeel Saray

Enjoy high tea in Dubai

Discover Dubai’s take on a quintessentially British pastime with these high tea experiences. When it comes to luxury, nowhere quite matches up to the offering – or the stunning views – at the iconic Burj Al Arab. Or, if you prefer to take your tea in a more Ottoman-inspired atmosphere, stop by the Sultan’s Lounge at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm. Sip your tea on the hotel’s beautiful outdoor terrace, or in the warmer months, enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere inside this picturesque resort. If you’re still craving something sweet, stop by the hotel’s famous kiosk for an authentic Turkish ice cream.
Contact Details
  Cresent Road, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 04 453 0000

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Majestic Majlis course

Emirates Golf Club

Majestic Majlis course

Emirates Golf Club

For golfing like a pro

Tee off at the Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis course, and follow in the footsteps of golfing greats such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els (the current course record-holder at 61 strokes). Widely recognised as one of the most challenging and rewarding rounds of the European Tour, the 18-hole course’s meandering fairways are must-plays for any golfer worth their mettle. Designed by Karl Litten, it is the first grass course in the Middle East and is also the host of the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Contact Details
  Emirates Hills 2, Near Nakheel Metro
  +971 4 417 9999